Reading Red: Project Introduction and Vlog

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I had picked up Gone with the Wind, and then I started reading Don Quixote.  As they sat on my side table, I noticed that both have bright red covers. So then I had a ridiculous idea that my next reading project would be to read all the bright red covers that are on my shelf. I’ve extended it to those that also have the word “red” or a related terms in the title.

So without further ado, here are the red books I plan on reading in a vlog for you. I started outside because it was so pretty out. But then Raisin decided to stop playing and come help, so I was speaking very quickly. You can hear his commentary in the background. I cannot understand him so don’t ask me what he’s saying. I was afraid he’d play with the camera or run on screen. Anyway, I finished later inside when he was asleep.

Also, I keep referring to summer. I meant spring and summer. I’ll do this project until I get tired of it. I have enough books to last a year, but I figured this was a fun idea for the warm months.

(Let’s hope that thumbnail picture updates soon to something else, shall we?)

I know vlogs are hard sometimes to get all the titles, and I hadn’t realized that it was so hard to see the books. So, here are the titles.

Definitely reads

Don Quixote (1606-15); Gone with the Wind (1936); Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (1800s); The Aeneid (20 BCE); Things Fall Apart (1958)

Others to chose from

Really Old Classics: Gilgamesh; The Tale of the Genji; Grief Lessons (Euripedes plays); The Inferno (I tried this last one last summer and it was just too dense for summer!)

Victorian era novels: Red Badge of Courage; Poor Miss Finch; The Eustace Diamonds; The Scarlett Letter; The Mill on the Floss; The Pickwick Papers; No Name

Modern (post 1900): Farenheit 451; The Hunt for Red October; The Name of the Rose; The Great Gatsby; A Small Place; The Enchanted April

Nonfiction: The Seekers by Daniel Boorstin

Which red books should I read?

P.S. I am coming to BEA next month! I thought it might be nice if you saw and heard from me. I may do some more vlogs in the coming weeks so I won’t be a stranger in NYC next month. (Can I say “next month” one more time?!)

Reviewed on April 13, 2011

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

  • Oh! Read Gilgamesh, I loved that one! I have Things Fall Apart and The Aeneid on my own shelf/TBR list. If you need an informal co-conspirator/reader for either of those, I’d be up for it πŸ™‚

    Love this project! I’ve every so often considered rearranging my shelves by color, but I never though of reading by color. What a fun idea! I look forward to seeing where it takes you.

    • Erin Β» I will have to get to Gilgamesh, so many people say they enjoy it. I hope the translation in my anthology is a good one. I’m going to try to get THINGS FALL APART read in the next few weeks, not sure when I’ll get to The Aeneid.

  • Gone With the Wind!! Gone With the Wind! Gone With the Wind!! Gone With the Wind!

    And to recap:

    Gone With the Wind!!!!

    It gets better and better, with every read, with every page.

  • What a fun project. If you haven’t read Enchanted April you should definitely include that one. Not only is it deligtful but it will provide some nice relief from all those other heavy hitters on your list.

    And how cool you are going to BEA. Have fun!

  • It’s funny, I’ve noticed recently that there are a ton of red-spined books on my TBR shelf right now as well! I’ve actually held off reading a few until I can fit them all on one shelf and get a picture. πŸ™‚ Don Quixote is one of mine as well, along with the Vintage edition of David Copperfield, Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin Stories, Kenzaburo Oe’s Somersault, a Norton edition of Stendhal’s Red & Black, and the third volume of the Paris Review interviews. Also David Kynaston’s Austerity Britain, which looks super interesting. Enjoy your colorful reading! πŸ™‚

    • Emily Β» I’ve found a number of Paris Reviews on line! I really should read more of those. Your other books sound great as well. It seems red is a popular cover color?

  • Ever since I rearranged my bookshelves by color I have thought about doing a similar project. I own a lot of blue books!

    Don Quixote is on my shelf along with The Red Badge of Courage. I really liked The Scarlett Letter when I read it a couple years ago so I would recommend that one in a heartbeat. Oh, Farenheit 451 is one of those books you should definitely read if you haven’t already.

    Good luck with your project!

    • Christina Β» I have never considered organizing by color (I’d feel it was very disorganized!) but it does seem I have a lot of red books. I should count the blue ones. I think black bindings win out on my shelves, though, thanks to Penguin Classics…

      I def. need to read Farenheit 451! I’ve seen the movie but never read the book.

  • I second Gone With the Wind. I also highly recommend The Enchanted April. I haven’t read The Eustace Diamonds but I love Trollope and I’ve heard that’s a good one.

    However, I hated, hated, HATED The Scarlet Letter and I read it as an adult, so it wasn’t just because I was forced to read it in school. Didn’t like Mill on the Floss but I was only 16 and I did love Middlemarch, so maybe I was too young to appreciate it.

    • Karen K. Β» I remember liking Scarlett Letter somewhat in 11th grade, but it’s been a long time. I did love Middlemarch too. Ah, you haven’t helped me limit which books to read first, as you just mentioned all of But that’s good to know which ones you’ve heard good things about.

  • Woohoo: vlog!

    First of all, A Small Place is nonfic; it’s an extended essay, not a novel or short stories or anything. Definitely worth a read!

    Now, let’s see…I loved Gilgamesh, in the Stephen Mitchell translation! I think it’s more of a spring/autumn book than full-on summer, though. I have Grief Lessons out from the library right now! Haven’t read it yet, though, so no advice there. And I haven’t read Genji or Inferno.

    I loathed Red Badge of Courage when I read it in high school, but I don’t know what I’d think of it now. Actually enjoyed Scarlet Letter, which I also had to read for school. I love Eustance Diamonds-it was my first Trollope! Have never been able to make it thorugh Pickwick Papers, but of course Dickens and I aren’t friends, lol. No Name is a WONDERFUL Wilkie, perhaps my favourite of his. And I’ve yet to read Poor Miss Finch or Mill on the Floss! All those yummy Victorians. πŸ™‚

    Heehee-I loved Hunt for Red October when I was young too; I doubt I’d enjoy Tom Clancy now. The Name of the Rose is great fun; as long as you’re in the mood for intellectual mind-games, I can’t imagine you wouldn’t enjoy it. It definitely requires some focus though! I haven’t read Great Gatbsy since high school, and I remember feeling lukewarm about it. Sounds like it’s time for a reread for me! And I haven’t read Enchanted April (or any of her stuff; I have one novel loaded on my Nook, though, so hopefully I’ll give her a go soon), Farenheit 451 (I tried the audiobook narrated by Bradbury himself, but his voice was so grating I had to give up), or The Seekers.

    Um, I don’t think I helped you much did I?! But most of the ones you’ve listed that I’ve actually read I’ve enjoyed, so can’t wait to see which titles you end up choosing!

    • Eva Β» no, you did not help me to limit my list, but I love to hear which ones you loved! I don’t have the Stephen Mitchell trnaslation, but people keep mentioning Gilgamesh so may need to give it a try in whatever trans. I have. Red Badge of Courage is one of the few short ones, so I’ll have to let you know if I end up likeing it or hating it. I read it in high school but remember NOTHING. And I’m glad to hear that No Name is one of your favorites. I may have to bumpt hat up. I don’t think I”ll enjoy Tom Clancy much either now, but I have the book, so figure I should reread it before I swap it out. I really liked Enchanted April –I read it last year — I added it to the list so I’d have a fun reread to revisit!

  • I love the red theme! You have some books on there that I love: Things Fall Apart, Scarlet Letter, Mill on the Floss, The Great Gatsby, Fahrenheit 451…
    I just recently finished The Tale of Genji, and it took perseverance. It’s not that it’s difficult to read, but it gets repetitive and I didn’t find many of the stories very engaging. The edition you have is excellent with character lists and illustrations throughout. I had to read it in small chunks. I’m curious to see if you like it. You seem to be having a better time with Don Quixote than I did. I couldn’t even bring myself to read Part 2!

    • Shelley Β» I think I’ll probably have to wait on Genji, if it’s that much of a struggle. Doesn’t sound like a summer book. I just finished DQ part 2 and liked it far more than part 1!

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